Walter proves this foreshadowing as he is talking to Travis and says, "...your daddy's gonna make a transaction... a business transaction that's going to change our lives" (Hansberry 547). In this line, Walter is hinting at the liquor store investment, that no one in the family approves. A few days later, Bobo pays the Younger's a visit to update Walter on the investment. Walter finds out, along with the rest of the family, that Willy, their other business partner took all of the money and ran off with it. This upsets the whole family and Mama says to Walter, "You mean...your sister's school money...you used that too...?"
After receiving a phone call from Walter’s employer, Ruth realises Walter has been skipping work. Walter admits he has no motivation to continue working at his current job. He also reveals that he has been using Willy Harris’s car to drive aimlessly and drink at the Green Hat (Hansberry 105). Walter’s drinking problem has worsened because of the lack of money. The reaction Walter experiences are similar to the line “Maybe it just sags/like a heavy load” (Hughes 9-10).
The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves. In the play the author expresses, “Walter(doubled with laughter)’Mama you look ready to go out and chop you some cotton for sure” (28) while him and the family are all having fun and messing around. The quote proves just how happy Walter truly is with his family and how happy the family makes him. Mama also states in the
Later in the play Lena gave Walter $6,500 dollars to use a portion and to leave some money for his sister. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun”, each character has a dream or goal that is altered by the events of the play. Walter is an ambitious and passionate man who works as a limousine driver. He’s obsessed with a business idea that he thinks will solve all of his economic and social problems. For example, his dream is to find a better job, so that he could
On the contrary, Hansberry’s character Walter within Raisin in the Sun has different dreams than depicted in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. From the beginning of the play, Walter dreams of being affluent and using Mama’s insurance check for personal gain. For instance, Walter, in scene one, said, “Yeah. You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figure the initial investment to be ‘bout thirty thousand, see. That be then thousand each” (Hansberry 1547).
In Lorraine Hansberry 's play, A Raisin in the Sun, the characters of Mama, Walter, and Beneatha are faced with discriminatory housing restrictions, gender inequality, and gender stereotypes that defer their dreams and cause angst amongst the Younger family. Throughout the play, Mama faces discriminatory housing restrictions that defer her dreams. The beginning of the play starts off by
His reasons for inaction are tied down to his job, as shown by one of his hallucinations. Walter spaces out and hallucinates himself talking back at Hendricks in the elevator scene, with two other co-workers accompanying him laughing at Hendricks’ disgruntled reaction. However, he later snaps out of his hallucination, only to see that his boss was looking at him funny for blanking out. Had Walter actually talked back, he runs the risk of losing his job as the negative assets manager at Life Magazine, thus keeping him tied down as a submissive employee. It’s mentioned in the movie that Walter, in the long time that he’s worked at the Life Magazine, he’s never had a failure before.
Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun” does a good job at pointing out all of society’s flaws at the time. One of these flaws is equal rights. African Americans are having difficulties obtaining their own spot. “[Hansberry brings] local, individual struggles of African Americans—against segregation, ghettoization, and capitalist exploitation—to the national stage. (Gordon, 121 and 122)” The play first points out segregation.
I clearly remember once scene in particular in which Walter used nonverbal communication in the first episode of the series as he was washing a student’s car. The student that owned the car was so surprised that his chemistry teacher Mr. White was washing his car that he proceeded to take out his phone, and snap a picture of it as told Walter to make sure that he washed/cleaned the rims real good. Hearing those words Walter looked up at the kid with an agitated face without saying a word as he continued to scrub his car furiously. A litter later during the series Walter discovers that he has lung cancer, and decides to hide it from his pregnant wife & son
In the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3 of A Raisin in the Sun the mood was different and changed tremendously from the beginning of the play to now. The scene starts out with Benetha singing a African song Ruth the mood isn't as tense it is playful and and Walter are actually getting along and acting like a married couple which i thought would never happen. They are actually going out with each other and not arguing for once. Walter is not making everything only about him he is actually caring about his wife needs and what she wants to do. Walter feels that his dream is actually about to come true so his whole mood changes.